Motors Suck

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November 25, 2007 by

As you can probably guess by the title, we are no longer riding mopeds. After being stranded in the desert a couple times and getting fed up with hearing the sound of the motors all day, we decided to sell the mopeds. We thought about what would be the next mode of transport for us while we hitched our way down to Dakar, Senegal from Dakhla, Morocco. When we arrived we had discarded the ideas of bigger motors or horse carts. The plan was to build a comfortable machine that we could pedal together. We also wanted it to have the ability to carry enough food and water to get us through long distances. There were many different design possibilities some of which we attempted to build. In the end the parts available to us for the construction dictated the design. The Frankentrike or Franky-T as we call it was born on March 21st, the spring equinox. We are certain that we will have to deal with regular maintenance but we know now that pedalling is the best way for us to travel. We only hope that the inferior African bike parts will surprise us with their durability. Once again, the adventure continues…

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